1231 North 6th Street         email:  dennis
Philadelphia, PA  19122web site:

215-913 3372


Experienced, highly respected artist who has produced public works for a broad range of corporate, municipal, commercial, and private clients throughout the United States.

Demonstrated versatility in various means of production of large scale exterior murals to corporate multi media installations, from initial planning to final execution. Skills include fine art, gilding, ‘verre eglomise’, hand silvering mirrors, glazing, hand painted ornament, faux marble,stone & wood, metallic and patina finishes, floorcloths, stencilling, chinoiserie, painted furniture, venetian plaster,

Thomas Melvin Painting Studio of Chicago, Illinois.  1989 - 1993
Artist, designer and foreman on more than 60 mural projects including Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Place, Hotel Sofitel, AT&T Corporate Center, USG Building.


Self Employed Artist 1993 – Present

Selected Accomplishments

Produced murals, fine art, design and hand crafted mirrors & signage for: Mural Arts Program of the City of Philadelphia, Comcast Center, Le Bec Fin, Fork, Osteria, Vietnam Cafe, Brasserie Perrier, & Georges Restaurants of George Perrier, Cuba Libre, Portofino, & Las Cazuelas Restaurants, Sun Center Studios, Metropolitan Bakery, Foxwoods Casino, Reading Terminal Market, The Franklin Institute, Maryland Science Center, PECO Energy, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Knowlton Mansion, Tornetta Realty, E.Y. Staats & Company, Holiday Inn, Genesis Health Care, Catalano Studios, Bally’s Park Place, Burlington County College, Abramson Center for Jewish Life.

Proposed and received  $94,000 in grants from Philadelphia Urban Resources Partnership (PURP) for the development of a two-acre community park, garden, playground, and multi-use educational resource for the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Project also involves the design and execution of  two murals entitled “Cinema Verde” and  “Cohocksink” (4,000 square foot) through the Mural Arts Program of the City of Philadelphia.

Served on restoration teams for the Louis Sullivan-designed Holy Trinity Church, Chicago (1990-2), Astoria Column Restoration (1996), Furness Building of Drexel University (2000), and the Philadelphia Family Court Building (2000), Masonic Temple, Philadelphia (2012).


Analyzing client needs, researching and proposing initial concepts, and creating sketches, color renderings, and scale models.

Negotiating rates, completion dates, and other logistical considerations.

Designing original work for specific sites, locating and overseeing sub-contractors, and collaborating with clients, designers, and architects.

Administering project budgets, coordination the activity of work crews, maintaining the highest standards of excellence, and ensuring client satisfaction.


Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
Bachelor of fine Arts

Additional coursework at:  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tyler School of the Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Kutztown University, Philadelphia University.


2011 Chestnut Hill Design Show House in conjunction with Hob Nob Design Philadelphia, PA

2005 “Art of the Home”, Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, Philadelphia, PA

1995  Artfront Partnership Stipend for installation at Victory Building
1009 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

1994 Grand Prize in design competition, Foundation for Architecture, Beaux Arts Ball

Designed and fabricated “Winged Victory”, a multi-media kinetic stage set

1988 “Practical and Provocative:  Handmade and Experimental Books”, juried exhibition at Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Reviewed by Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 1988)

1981“Other Realists”, Invitational exhibition at Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


2006  Philadelphia Magazine (Spring 2006)

2002 Philadelphia Magazine (January 2002)
“The Home Makers – Where Philadelphia’s Top Designers Go To Find Artists and Artisans”

2000 Montgomery County Town and Country Living Magazine (Fall 2000)

“Something to Crow About”.  Gained recognition for decorative painting

1991 Chicago Sun Times (August 2, 1991)

“Restoration Glory” Holy Trinity Cathedral Restoration


1995 – 2001Board of Directors, Northern Liberties Neighbors Association

1997 – 2006Board of Directors, Northern Liberties Community Development Corporation

1996---2003Founder and Chairperson, Liberty Lands Park, a community-owned park

By working with a wide range of materials and employing everything from traditional techniques to digital technology, I offer a variety of ways to compliment, enhance, or completely transform a space. My work – like much contemporary art – references, borrows and appropriates from those who have walked and worked before us. This referential layering complicates – but also strengthens – the viewing of art. Filtered as it is through the lens of individual experience and modern sensibility, this ancient pulse can connect us to a higher level of human aesthetic and meaning. Wherever art is placed - in a home, an office or a public setting – it can serve to define, revitalize and complete that space